A 1934 Political Cartoon that Presages Obama


“The more things change, the more they stay the same.” (Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr)

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” (George Santayana)1934_PoliticalCartoon

Everything we are seeing today has been done before. A Chicago Tribune political cartoon from 1934 explains it all. The title is “Planned Economy or Planned Destruction.”

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It shows Trotsky in the lower left corner, Harold Ickes, who served as Secretary of the Interior under FDR starting in 1933, Rexford Tugwell (the man riding the horse) was a key adviser. Henry Wallace, the guy with the shovel, was Secretary of Agriculture and later vice-president during FDR’s third term. Donald Richberg was the second head of the National Recovery Administration.

Notice the sign on the left side of the cart:

“Young Pinkies from Columbia and Harvard.” Barack of Obama went to Columbia and Harvard. For those of you not in the know, a “pinky” is a budding communist: pink but not quite red.

Also note the “Plan of Action”:

“SPEND! SPEND! SPEND! Under the guise of recovery — bust the government – blame the capitalists for the failure — junk the constitution and declare a dictatorship.”

“It’s Déjà vu all over again.” (Yogi Berra)

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